News Briefs

June 7, 2013
Dewey engineer to offer stormwater plan

Dewey Beach Infrastructure Committee will meet at 4 p.m., Friday, June 7, at Best Western Gold Leaf on Route 1 in Dewey Beach. Cotten Engineering is scheduled to present a master plan to address stormwater and drainage issues in town.

The committee will also discuss an interim solution to flooding on Read Avenue. For a complete agenda, go to

Public to be heard on Dewey microbrewery

Dewey Beach Planning Com­mission will meet at 6 p.m., Friday, June 7 at Dewey Beach Life Saving Station on Dagswor­thy Avenue. The commission will hold a public hearing to con­sider amending the town zoning code to allow a microbrewery.

After the hearing, the commission will vote on a rec­ommendation to bring to Dewey Beach Town Council.

Rehoboth to submit alderman candidate

The Rehoboth Beach commis­sioners will adopt a resolution to submit a candidate to Gov. Jack Markell for appointment as the city’s alderman at a special meeting, 9 a.m., Monday, June 10, in the city commissioners’ room.

The alderman would serve a two-year term, and the resolution will also set the compensation and terms of the position. The city is in need of a new alder­man after Judge Judy Catterton told the commissioners of her intention to step down once a replacement was found.

The commissioners will also adopt a resolution recognizing the Rehoboth Art League for its 75 years of service to the com­munity. Following the special meeting, the commissioners will hold their monthly workshop meeting. In old business, the commissioners will discuss the report by the City Hall Master Plan Task Force at the May 17 meeting and debate the next step forward. Commissioner Stan Mills will provide a report on the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association’s activi­ties and beach renourishment.

Commissioner Patrick Gossett will lead a discussion of having the planning commission study and develop a recommendation for possible actions related to side yard setbacks on residential lots greater than 50-by-100 feet.

Finally, the commissioners will discuss a proposed lease with the state’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for 21 acres of land at Deauville Beach.

Lewes to consider Showfield request

Lewes Mayor and City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, June 10 in City Hall. Agenda items include a request for a waiver of the Showfield LLC prelimi­nary approval cancellation, and a waiver of the null and void ap­plication; ordinances amending city code definitions of dwelling, townhouse, and two-family, and dimensional regulations for R5, LC and LC (H) zones; city code amendments related to certain zoning districts regarding limi­tations on parking, stopping, or storage of certain motor vehicles; and violations regarding park­ing boat trailers, commercial vehicles, recreational vehicles or trailers on city streets.

The panel will also consider a request to purchase a city-owned lot on Burton Avenue; a master plan for the new Lewes Public Li­brary and trailhead location; and a resolution to schedule a pub­lic hearing about creating free parking with signage on paper (unnamed) streets located off Cedar Avenue; consideration of the contract assigned to the city through the Thompson prop­erty purchase; ratification of a memorandum of understanding with Lewes Public Library; and a recommendation from the Lewes Bicycle & Pedestrian Ad­visory Committee about clearing ground plantings, shrubbery and overhanging branches from side­walks and walkways.

The panel will meet in execu­tive session to discuss contract negotiations regarding sale of the Burton Avenue lot. Executive sessions are closed to the public, but the panel will return to open session to vote on executive ses­sion matters.

Sussex to mull appointments

Sussex County Council meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, in the county administration building on The Circle in downtown Georgetown. Included on the agenda are board of adjustment, library advisory board and plan­ning and zoning commission appointments and a discussion about a barking dog noise ordi­nance. See a complete agenda at

Rehoboth parking revenue down

Rehoboth Beach’s Memorial Day parking revenue was down from $125,000 in 2012 to $107,000 this year. City Manager Greg Ferrese attributed the decrease to the cooler weather that rolled in at the start of the four-day weekend. “You lose the daytrip­pers with bad weather,” he said. While last year’s Memorial Day weekend was sunny throughout, Ferrese said this year, tempera­tures hovered in the 60s up until Memorial Day. He said he was optimistic the city could make up the revenue loss as summer wears on. The city budgeted $2.7 million in parking revenue.

Milton will not pursue Shipbuilder’s property

Milton Town Council will not pursue the land and clubhouse that is for sale in Shipbuilder’s Village. Vice Mayor John Booros made a motion that council would not take any action on the property at this time, but reserved the right to revisit the topic in the future if there is interest.

Town council was considering purchasing the clubhouse and converting it into a community center, but no area organizations were interested in the space. The measure passed unanimously.

Milton council lowers boat dock rental rates

Milton Town Council voted to lower its boat dock rental rates at its June 3 meeting. After collect­ing data on neighboring docks, officials determined Milton’s rates were too expensive. The summer rate will drop from $150 to $120, while winter rates will decrease from $100 to $80. The rate for a full year will change from $1,000 to $960. Town Man­ager Win Abbott said four of the town’s six slips are occupied, but only one renter is paying consistently.